Seaman Doubts Szczesny’s Ability to Win Starting Role Back
Arsenal legend David Seaman isn’t sure whether goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has what it takes to win back his position in coach Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up.
The Arsenal manager dropped Szczesny after last month’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and his countryman Lukasz Fabianski has been doing a fine job between the sticks since then.
Wenger’s men have conceded just once in the three games that Fabianski has started, and Seaman believes Szczesny would now struggle to regain the status as first-choice gloveman.
“Jens Lehmann was a quality goalkeeper. People remember him for being crazy but he was a quality goalkeeper. Since then, you’ve got a lot young goalkeepers coming in and it’s not easy for them,” Seaman told Sky Sports.
“Arsenal’s a massive club and you’re under so much pressure all the time and it can sometimes get to the younger goalkeepers. I don’t know [if Szczesny will win back his No1 spot]. It’s quite interesting with Fabianski doing really well. He’s worked really hard since his injury and he looks totally different goalkeeper. But it’s great to have that competition,” he added.
Corchia Dreaming Of Big Club Move
Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia, who is purportedly being tracked by Arsenal as a potential replacement for Bacary Sagna, has admitted that it’s his dream to play for a big club.
The 22-year-old Frenchman wants to focus solely on saving his Ligue 1 club from relegation, but his next target after that could be to find himself a bigger and better club.
French newspaper L’Equipe have quoted Corchia as saying: “For now I am thinking about Sochaux and want to save the club from relegation. After that my dream is to go to a big club. We will wait and see what happens at the end of the season.”
Arsenal Target N’Koulou Opens Door To Summer Transfer
Rumoured Arsenal FC transfer target Nicolas N’Koulou has admitted that he would have to leave his current club Marseille at the end of the season if a suitable offer arrives.
The 23-year-old centre-half has been one of the best defenders in Ligue 1 over the last few seasons, but L’OM’s poor financial situation means that they might have to sell him this summer.
In an interview with Sky Sports, N’Koulou said: “The club and me are together on my future. If they receive an offer they can’t refuse, then we will have to part company. Marseille is a great club and I love playing for them. They are part of my life.”
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are also believed to be interested in acquiring N’Koulou’s services.
Wenger Rates Gibbs among Top Three Left-Backs
Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has been in great form this season and can now be rated among ‘the top three left-backs’ in England.
The 23-year-old Gunner, who recently completed a century of appearances for the London side, has improved his fitness significantly this season, which has also shown in his performances.
“I think this season has been, despite the fact that he was in doubt for a while, a step up season for him. He has improved a lot, has put his personality into the games, which was sometimes a bit of a problem for him,” Wenger said of Gibbs.
“He has authority, he is decisive going forward, and in games where we were struggling a bit like Swansea in the cup he turned up and was the one who brought the pressure on the opponent. Even at Munich when he had been out for six weeks he came straight back in and had a very decent game. For me he has moved into the top three left-backs in the country,” he added.
Walcott Would Give Anything to Win Silverware
Theo Walcott has revealed how badly he wants to win by saying that he would give up all of his personal achievements in the game if it could end Arsenal’s trophy-drought.
The 24-year-old forward has been in the form of his life this season, having amassed career-best personal totals of 18 goals and 15 assists. He also made his 250th career appearance for the Gunners earlier this year, but he believes all of his personal milestones are nothing compared to winning some silverware with his club.
In an interview with Arsenal Player, Walcott said: “I would personally take all of [my] appearances away to win something at this club. Some people may think I’m mad but I think I’m not selfish. I like to think for the club and the fans. Appearances are great but winning things means more. Hopefully next season, when I hopefully reach 300 appearances, there will be a trophy on the end of that. That’s the biggest target.
“I’m very proud of that [reaching 250 appearances]. I’ve worked hard through all the lows and the highs. This season especially, there have been a lot of highs. It’s a nice positive. I don’t want it to stop there. I want to continue to play and get back fit soon. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m very happy. I’ve definitely matured as a player. I’ve always been the same sort of person off the pitch. I’ve always got time for people. I think at times, the players might look for something to come from nowhere and at times that’s maybe [up to] me or the likes of Jack [Wilshere].
“This season has been my best goalscoring and assist-making season. I can see why people may think that now. That’s been the biggest step for me. The assists are something I’m very proud of. A lot of those come from the wing as well. An assist is just as important as getting a goal.”